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off balanceadjective [after verb], adverb

uk   /ˌɒf ˈbæl.əns/  us   /ˌɑːf ˈbæl.əns/
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off balance

surprised or confused, so that it is difficult to behave or react as you usually would: He walked up and said I was fat, which really threw me off balance (= made me feel confused). Her remark seemed to catch her mother off balance (= surprise her).
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